Unhealthy Chinese meals 'should carry health warning'

Modesto Morganelli
Marzo 13, 2018

Iceland's Takeaway Egg Fried Rice has 4.1g salt per 350g pack - more salt than 11 bags of ready salted crisps -compared to Tesco's Egg Fried Rice with 0.1g per 250g pack.

Some 58% had more than three grams of salt per dish, half of the daily recommended maximum for an adult.

Nearly all dishes tested at six London restaurants by researchers at Queen Mary Hospital had 2g of salt, and three in five 3g or more.

When served with egg fried rice, which also contains up to five grams of salt per portion, the total salt content rises to 11.5g, or twice the recommended daily limit.

The group analysed meals from six restaurants in London's Chinatown.

Your favourite Chinese takeaway meal could contain half your recommended salt allowance for the day.

Action on Salt also looked at 141 supermarket Chinese ready meals.

Sarah Alderton, assistant nutritionist at Action on Salt, said, "Considering how many millions of takeaways and ready meals are eaten in the United Kingdom each week, the food industry must be held to account, with new salt targets set by the government to ensure the salt content of these meals is reduced to much lower levels, and fast".

Mhairi Brown, of World Action on Salt & Health, said health chiefs "should consider warning labels on high salt dishes".

Sarah Alderton, assistant nutritionist at Action on Salt said: "Considering how many millions of takeaways and ready meals are eaten in the United Kingdom each week, the food industry must be held to account, with new salt targets set by the government to ensure the salt content of these meals is reduced to much lower levels, and fast". Action on Salt claim that for every 1g reduction in salt intake, 7000 deaths are prevented from strokes and heart disease. However, some products are still too high in salt and we know this can be reduced further.

Graham MacGregor, professor of cardiovascular medicine at Queen Mary University of London and Chairman of Action on Salt, said: "Salt is the forgotten killer as it puts up our blood pressure, leading to tens of thousands of unnecessary strokes, heart failure and heart attacks every year. We are now calling on Public Health England to take immediate action".

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